Interorganizational teams as boundary spanners: The role of team diversity, boundedness, and extrateam links

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Interorganizational teams are rapidly becoming more prevalent as a means to improve organizations' responsiveness. To achieve their objective, interorganizational teams must engage in extensive amounts of boundary spanning activity. This study juxtaposed three structural variables, namely team informational diversity, team boundedness, and extrateamlinks, in an integrated model aimed at promoting our understanding of how to increase interorganizational team boundary spanning activity and its effectiveness. The model was tested with 49 health promotion teams. Our findings indicated that three types of boundary spanning- scouting, ambassadorial, and coordinating- were positively associated with interorganizational team effectiveness. In addition, for team informational diversity, team boundedness, and extrateam links, scouting and ambassadorial activities fully mediated their relationships with team effectiveness; for team boundedness, coordinating activity also fully mediated its relationship with team effectiveness. These findings highlight the importance of incorporating structural considerations into the management of interorganizational teams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-118
Number of pages30
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Boundary spanning activity
  • Extrateam
  • Informational diversity
  • Interorganizational teams
  • Links
  • Team boundedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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